Life is Short, Right?!

I actually don’t remember when I purchased my Sport Sock in the Holy Crow colorway from Spun Right Round. It was probably as soon as I discovered she carried sport weight sock yarn because it’s no secret that I kind of have an obsession with sport weight socks. I love that they knit up quickly and are cozy in the winter, but that they still fit in my shoes. In any case, I think I wound this yarn in the pre-trip delusional packing that went on before our trip to the Badlands in April and suffice to say I did not get to it on the trip. I got no where near it.

This fall, I’ve been trying to make some stash progress though, and that has meant first working on knitting up things I pre-maturely wound into center-pull balls. Enter, once again, Holy Crow.

IMG_1023I opted to knit them into Simple Skyp Socks. This free Ravelry pattern boasts multiple sizes and a pretty stitch pattern that is really easy to memorize. It’s really an ideal pattern for me when I know I’ll be picking up and setting my knitting down a lot or when I know I need to be able to knit on something that I can look away from frequently. They also work really well for me when I’m not 100% awake — like early morning or later in the evening. They took me a little over a month to knit up, but considering I completed 3 or 4 skeins of handspun, sweaters for both kids, a cowl, and considerable progress on two different shawls, that doesn’t seem too bad to me.

stitch detailAs you can see, the stitch pattern looks really pretty with the yarn.  I love Spun Right Round’s approach to color — it’s always fun & unexpected & spontaneous, so you never know when you’ll hit a pop of orange or a few stitches of jet black. It really makes each project unique and keeps me on my toes. I like that a lot!

footI think these would work equally well as plain ‘ol vanilla socks, too. Or a shawl. Or a sweater. Gosh, I really love this colorway.

I opted to play some low-level yarn chicken and went with 7.5″ legs on these and I wound up with a little under 20yds left. It wasn’t too much of a nail-biter and I’m pretty happy I pushed it a bit for the longer leg.

wholeThe finished socks are simply fantastic. The yarn is squishy and lovely on my feet and the fit is great. Since my sock drawer is kind of exploding with handknit socks I was planning to tuck these away in my cedar chest in an effort to start stockpiling for the future, but I have a feeling I won’t be able to wait to wear these.  That’s OK, though. I just keep thinking to myself: Life is short, right? Wear the socks!

I do have one more skein of Sport Sock in my stash — it’s the Chalkboard colorway which I absolutely adore and can’t wait to knit up. This, of course, does not stop me from dreaming about The Walkers or Distortion colorways though. Thankfully, I’m saved by my mother-in-law who asked me last week if I’d be up for making her another pair. Of course, I jump at the opportunity to knit for family and I immediately checked my notebook for her foot measurements (which I do indeed have noted) and then went straight to my stash where I picked out 2 or 3 skeins for her. Now I’ve just got to integrate that knitting in with my other knitting and spinning projects over the next couple of months. But I just keep thinking to myself: Life is short, right? Knit the socks!

12 responses to “Life is Short, Right?!

  1. I think you bought Holy Cow about the same time I started lusting after Mean Eyed Cat, which I still haven’t bought. In the mean time, I’m about to finish my Queen socks and while they’re a bit wild, I’ll still love them.

    • Yes, I think I’ve had that yarn for a year or so. I have a hard time remembering and I never note the dates when I buy yarn — it’s mentally logged as ‘new’ and ‘been in the stash a while.’ LOL!

      I like wild for socks. Much easier to wear regularly than a wild sweater!

    • Agreed! But I have a whole lot of them currently. A whole lot. So I’ve been storing a pair now and then for the future lest my drawer be totally exploding. I’m kind of hoping my daughter has a similar foot size, too…

  2. love the pattern yarn combo, it does work well together, you are right! As for saving vs. wearing – it’s a dilemma! I am all for instant gratification – off the needles, on the feet. But I also occasionally in passing wonder how I am going to feel when all the socks I knit last year wear out? Presumably at once? So I should be knitting some now and then and tucking them away for that sad day when the drawer is thin and threadbare… but I haven’t done that yet. Maybe I should just stockpile the YARN, and then do another year of knitting socks at a later date? 🙂

    • You make me laugh!!!

      I think I’ve stockpiled the yarn. Like I’m prepared for the apocalypse and then some so I’m thinking I just start stockpiling socks so I have an excuse to stockpile more yarn? That makes sense, right?

      • lol – yes it makes perfect sense. Look, when the apocalypse comes, it is going to ruin the grazing lands, and wool will be hard to come by. We should definitely prepare.

    • Wonderful! I always have a pair of socks going! Lately, they’ve all got to be simple since they are my traveling project, but it doesn’t matter. Handknit socks are all amazing, imho!

  3. Yesterday a crocheter asked me to teach her to knit. Her eyes got big when she say the socks I was wearing. This may be another convert. 😀
    This week I had a house guest mention that I have a lot of yarn. So I ordered more.

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